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Knit Year's Resolutions

I've made some Groundhog Day Resolutions, but after reading The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Resolutions I thought about refining my goals to make them more specific.  Some of my goals are too vague and some need to be rolled together.  Goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  Here are my Knit Year's Resolutions!

By December 31, 2010 I want to:
  1. I want to reduce my yarn stash (as recorded on ravelry) from 58 stashed yarns to 47 stashed yarns. This is 11 stashed yarns reduced by the end of this year, one per month from February to December.   A stashed yarn is considered used when there is half a ball or less left. Yarn quantities can be amended if I find more unfinished project and stash.  I've gotten a lot of yarns from garage sales and haven't put in all my acrylic, hence I may add as I go.  However, if I add new yarns to my stash, I must complete additional projects.
  2. Finish long-time works in progress: Melissa and Oscar's napkins, Rachel and Brian's socks, current ravelry WIPs.
  3. Knit Fair Isle.
  4. Knit an adult sweater.
  5. Reduce fabric stash.
  6. Make my first quilt.
Here are the actions addressing these goals.
  1. So far, I've added all stashed yarns and projects to ravelry.
  2. Finishing WIPs will make my goal easier.
  3. I've been meaning to make the Fake Isle hat [rav link].  Also Endpaper Mitts [rav link].
  4. Currently, I'm working on the February Lady Sweater [rav link].
  5. More potholders?
  6. I've had fabric picked out for my first quilt for two years, but I have yet to cut it.  I also could use a pattern...
I'm more concerned about reducing the yarn stash since it's more out of hand than the fabric, but I really would like to work on both.  Stay tuned!
Gromit knitting

2009 LYS tour

Thursday


The Weaving Works, Seattle
Aubri, Mimi, and I met at Weaving Works; the plan was to meet at 4:30, but I showed up at 5:05, huffed as usual and I ran in to get my passport. The pattern is a for a cashmere lace hood. No way am I spending $37.50 on one skein, so I collect my stamp and free pattern and we go. Mimi made us an awesome google map of all the stops.

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So ends the 2009 LYS tour. 21 stores (10 new to me, 4 faves: VYT, Churchmouse, Hilltop, The Yarn Stash), 11 skeins of yarn (2073 yards), 30 patterns (3 bought, 6 crochet), and $127 later, I ended up with:

From crafts


I call that a success!

ETA 10:54 PM knitmi has a great post with maps of our travels and commentary on the food.
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day 3 in Allston

I got into Somerville on Monday morning at 3:30 AM and then moved into my apartment in Allston in the evening. Boxes I shipped here arrived on Tuesday included bags of yarn and my ball winder. I miss my swift and spent a long time winding, tangling, and untangling my Schaefer Heather:
Schaefer Heather

I used a back of a chair, tried to go slowly, but really, it was a pain in the butt. I don't really want to have my swift sent - what if it breaks? The first swift I ordered from Joann's arrived broken!

Later, I cast on for a single-skein shrug pattern from the LYS tour.
one skein shrug The pattern was free, and in fact, the yarn was something I won in an online contest at Eat.Sleep.Knit. so the whole thing is a free project!

I stopped into a yarn store A Good Yarn in Brookline as they were closing and made a new friend on Ravelry. I'll be heading to the Brighton Knit Brunch on Saturday.
A Good Yarn

The knitting picture was taken with my mac; the yarn store picture was taken with my phone and I purposely left my camera with Seth (it's his too). I plan on getting a good camera as soon as my first paycheck comes.